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What Place Does Social Media Have in our Schools?

I came across a very interesting post a little while ago, over on Geeks. The author, Will, is asking our opinions as to what place social media should play in our educational systems. Will mentioned that his high school principal has asked students for ideas as to how social media could be incorporated into education in general. He then asks for your input and ideas. I’d love to see a high rate of responses to this thread, which is why I chose to highlight it here.

Social media such as Facebook and Twitter isn’t a fad that will fade away any time soon. It’s important, it’s real, and it’s here to stay. I do have to point out something that Will said at the end of his post. He stated that he is all for social media in the schools, but that he doesn’t want to allow them access to his privacy. That is a common misconception amongst many people today. You need to remember that anything you put online is public. There is no privacy when it comes to places such as Twitter. Once something is online, it’s there for the World to see. Even at a young age, you always need to be cognizant of that fact when posting anything in any place. Things you say and do online can – and WILL – come back to bite you in the proverbial ass someday if you aren’t careful.

What are your thoughts? Instead of posting them here on the blog, please post them over on Geeks as a response to Will’s questions. Let’s see how much community participation we can get on this, and show his principal a thing or two! Will’s post wasn’t the only thought-provoking thing going on in our community today. Hopefully, you haven’t missed out on any of the action!

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Why Does Apple Restrict the iPhone’s Abilities?

I have a problem: I get NFR copies for many iPhone apps.

This, itself, isn’t an issue – but the iPhone can only display up to 144 apps at one time. This limitation is artificial, as I have an insane amount of free space on the device. I currently have 250 apps in my iTunes library (out of tens of thousands available storewide). Many of these great apps can no longer be synced because of this imposed limitation. Consequently, I’m not carefree with what I choose to install on the iPhone anymore.

The solution: Apple needs to enable some kind of Spotlight search for installed apps on the iPhone, showing (a) the most recently used and (b) the most used apps – on two separate sheets.

I know that some people are content with having ~10 apps on their iPhone, but that (to me) seems like such a waste of resources and potential. I’m addicted to iPhone apps, I admit it – especially the free ones. Why is Apple not letting me access the full potential of this platform?

So, I admit that I’m an extreme case. How many apps do you have on your iPhone? I asked my Twitter followers:

alberodelcolore: 95apps! using 50…

about 10 hours ago

BrianCBock: Apple needs a way to sort iPhone apps into categories. Maybe using itunes? And maybe show me a count of how many uses.

about 11 hours ago

Chiron1: Last count I had 138 apps on my iPhone

about 13 hours ago

skaterD: 62 apps

about 19 hours ago

unkleEL: I have about 100 apps in my library and maybe 20 on my phone some I rarely use so I don&#39t add them

about 20 hours ago

iLoveEnglish: So the limit on how many apps you can have on your iPhone is 144? Does anyone really need that many apps on an iPhone?

about 20 hours ago

mseneschal: @chrispirilloI have 70 apps. Of those I use about 2 pages (32) apps frequently. I try to have only productive (less distracting) apps.

about 21 hours ago

caseygotcher: I had about 10-12 installed, but my Touch 32GB just got ripped off last week.

about 21 hours ago

mobiledivide: 70 on my iPod touch. Use about 10 on a regular basis.

about 21 hours ago

MikeKukielka: I have a mere 112 apps, bringing me to 8 pages.

about 21 hours ago

Jaylor36: I have 53 apps installed right now … 236 is crazy

about 21 hours ago

robpickering: 114 and I love each and every one of them.

about 22 hours ago

VxJasonxV: 16 apps * 3 pages + a page with 10 apps + the 4 dock apps. 16, 32, 48, 58, I have 62 iPhone Apps? Cripes…

about 22 hours ago

bsappleby: how much space does that take up on your iphone out of curiosity?

about 22 hours ago

Bdog80: I have 88, what r your current favorite cant live without apps?

about 22 hours ago

easy_way: about 15

about 22 hours ago

Tsuimonster: I have 106 Apps right now, so… eh.

about 22 hours ago

kursed: I&#39ve got 42 installed on my iPod touch, but it just so happens that i&#39m only regularly using 10 of em.

about 22 hours ago

fixorater: 77 at the moment… crazy eh?

about 22 hours ago

daveinthecloud: Not many. Less than 20.

about 22 hours ago

aaron_bennett: 229 in library, and 144 on the phone. Apple, we need to be able to organize, categorize, and have more than 9 pages FFS!

about 22 hours ago

r0b: I&#39ve got 40 but use only about 15 of them regularly.

about 22 hours ago

christophertran: i have 500. but dont like to clutter up my desk. they are free apps….(most of them)

about 22 hours ago

jdntx: I&#39ve about 40 apps, because I try not to use my iPhone for gaming. For example; my N64 controller

about 22 hours ago

firespyer: 30 and I thought I had alot

about 22 hours ago

TreyRust: I got to my 9th page then just a few hours ago I cleaned it downed to about 61

about 22 hours ago

ATTFJamie: about 12 are worthy.

about 22 hours ago

randallholahan: I have had as many as 100 but I continulally purge, usually keep around 50-75

about 22 hours ago

brennanmuir: wow.. I have 104 all

about 22 hours ago

Louis0nFire: No more than 20.

about 22 hours ago

gurubrandon: How many of those are purchased?

about 22 hours ago

natetronn: 144 at once is all Chris can handle? Man you can do better then that! “There&#39s an app for that” don&#39t-cha know 🙂

about 22 hours ago

glendesjardins: I have 86 apps on my iPod touch, including the pre-installed ones – all free but 1 (Apple Poker)

about 22 hours ago

teamsoteria: I have about 40 apps. I can&#39t keep up with you on the apps.

about 22 hours ago

keybcoder: I have 211, I hate that is up too 144 apps!

about 22 hours ago

feeish: Wow and I though I had a lot with ~100

about 22 hours ago

macboy16: i have 120 apps on my ipod

about 22 hours ago

briantellectual: That is nuts! I couldn&#39t imagine using that many. I only have 43.

about 22 hours ago

iGeekW: i just got my SpringBoard filled up. 173 apps in iTunes. btw “Uno” is worth checking out if you don&#39t have it already. eYa l8r

about 22 hours ago

Tsuimonster: If you think you can do better than that video&#39s producer, then YOU do it!

about 22 hours ago

EricStegemann: 148 is max on Iphone/touch hence www.148apps.com

about 22 hours ago

Michaelaking: i thought my 63 were alot dang.

about 22 hours ago

ATTmobilemusic: My iPhone is maxed with music apps, social networking apps, some remote access tools, and games/apps for my daughter.

about 22 hours ago

charlesjbarry: More importantly Chris, how many do you actually USE? I have four pages of apps and use maybe ten. LOL

about 22 hours ago

lynngg: No thanks, I will stick to the BB Storm

about 22 hours ago

bugboy: i have 85 but i keep mine to ones i use at least once a week.

about 22 hours ago

thegame87: HOLY SHIT BATMAN I have like 10!! If you had to choose just 10 to use what would they be?

about 22 hours ago

Are There Extensions for Cell Phones in Your Home?

Ronni was a speaker at Gnomedex last year. She is one amazing lady, and a good friend. She has an excellent question, sent to me recently via email. Sadly, I don’t have the answer. However, I’m hoping one of you out there will know if there’s something like what she’s looking for.

Since you are my guru for all things technology or vaguely related, I’ve got a question for you:

I use a VoIP service for my home telephone. I have one base phone with two extensions so I don’t need to run the length of the apartment when someone calls. I also have a cell phone.

Cell reception is so good in my neighborhood, I don’t really need to be paying $300 a year for the VoIP service. But if I cancel it, I’m stuck with one cell phone and who knows where it might be when it rings. I have trouble remembering to stick it in my pocketbook when I leave the house, and I certainly wouldn’t remember to take it with to the bedroom at night or wherever else in the house I’m going to be for awhile. Plus, I don’t see the point of having two telephone numbers these days.

So here’s what I’m wondering:

Is there such a thing as an internal network for cell phones that combines with normal extension handsets? Maybe a box of some sort connected through the landline jacks that most homes have already installed? I can’t imagine that this doesn’t exist, and it would be particularly useful for women whose clothes don’t often have pockets like men’s clothing, so it’s not easy to keep a cell phone with you all the time.

Or maybe there’s another solution…

Perhaps you’ve addressed something like this in one of your videos that I’ve missed, or maybe you could do so if you haven’t.

I hope you and Ponzi are well,
Ronni

Come on Geeks. Ronni is right… there has to be something out there that can help her. What have you come across that may fit the bill?

How Can You Improve Your Cell Phone Reception?


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I am getting used to having dropped calls on the iPhone 3G. This thing drops calls like clockwork. It doesn’t seem like a tower problem. I can be sitting still, and lose a call. Even if the phone shows full signal, it still will drop. I’m hoping the upcoming firmware update will solve some of this. I’ve never had a mobile device with this many issues. What’s a Geek to do to boost reception? When I was given the opportunity to review the Cell Ranger, I could choose between the USB connection, or the kind that plugs into a cigarette lighter in a car. I decided to go with USB for a couple of reasons. For one, I’ve got USB ports everywhere. For another, I have an inverter for my car that will allow me to plug USB devices in while I’m in the car.

The Cell Ranger PORT is a USB powered cellular signal booster. By plugging the Cell Ranger PORT into a USB port you can boost your cell phone signal by up to 2-3 bars. We designed Cell Ranger to be compatible with every cellular network (except Nextel), cell phone, and data card. No matter which cellular service you use, voice or broadband data, you’ll see a significant boost in signal when you plug in the Cell Ranger. In most cases you’ll get 2-3 bars more signal within a 6 foot coverage radius. In our tests, using Cell Ranger with a broadband data card can result in anywhere from 30% to 200% faster download speeds. Cell Ranger is the first truly intelligent cell booster. By using a specially programmed microprocessor, Cell Ranger carefully monitors signal and adjusts to provide optimum signal. Unlike any previous booster, Cell Ranger actively analyzes the signals that your cell phone is sending and receiving. By comparing the signal strength to different towers, Cell Ranger self-tunes to the correct channels, and amplifies only those signals.

  • Gives 2-3 bars extra signal for any cell phone or 3G data card.
  • Prevents dropped calls and improves call quality.
  • Compatible with every carrier in Canada and the US.
  • Powered by a standard USB port.
  • No drivers – Cell Ranger only uses USB for power. Optional AC adapter/rechargable battery available..

You don’t want to set this near any kind of magnetic media, like a hard drive. You’d want to stick this on a metallic surface before plugging it in. It will allegedly boost your signal on both 800MGz and 1900MGz reception. I will be trying this out for awhile, and then I’ll let you know how well it works. This video was mostly an introduction to tell you how it works.

A quick test in my office was interesting, to say the least. I plugged it all in, and had trouble connecting to the network. When it wasn’t connected to my iPhone, I had four signal bars. When I plugged it in, I dropped down to two! Basically, either the iPhone sucks, or AT&T does. I’m not giving up on this though. It could just be my office, and all my gadgets interfering. I am going to test it while I’m out and about. I’ll let you know how I fare.

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How Do You Prop up (or Display) Your Mobile Devices?


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I used to love plopping down into a bean bag chair. It was just kind of fun to throw yourself into one. I’m not only talking about bean bags to take a trip down memory lane. I happened to buy one the other day that is designed for mobile devices. I have this plastic holder for my iPhone, but it just sat there all stiff like. It wasn’t a very happy and comfortable device. Also, when it rings, it would vibrate in a most annoying way while sitting in that plastic holder. So, I decided to grab myself a Bean Bag to let my iPhone rest in comfort.

Your cellphone is a trusted friend. It has been there for you when you needed a ride, felt lonely, or just had to talk to your mom. All it has asked in return is the occasional charge. Your phone loves you, so it’s about damn time you did something nice for it. You can start with a nice place for your phone to sit.

This diminutive beanbag chair is just the thing. Scientifically proven to be the most comfortable cellphone chair on the market. Ergonomically designed to eliminate pressure points that can bruise or cause extremities to go numb, this beanbag chair rests your cellphone in the most neutral position possible. 9 out of 10 cellphones agree, this is the best cellphone beanbag chair ever made!

Sure, some may laugh at you, but your buddy deserves the best. You owe it to your phone to make his downtime the most comfortable possible. The beanbag cellphone chair is so comfortable, your phone is guaranteed to remain seated until someone picks it up again.

It’s not only functional, it’s just plain fun. For only $10.00, doesn’t your phone deserve to rest in comfort?

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What's Your Current Ringtone?


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What ringtone do you have on your mobile device right now? Did you download it from the Internet, or are you using one that came with your phone. It’s so much better to go online to get one for your phone… for free. We’ve done many of these types of videos in the past. Today, I have a new one to tell you about.

On Tonzr, you can gain free access to MILLIONS (6,826,506 and counting) of MP3 ringtones, or “realtones”. There are just three easy steps to getting your ringtone:

  • Search for an artist or song title.
  • Preview the ringtones by clicking the play button to the left of each result.
  • When you find the ringtone you want, click the title of the track and have it sent to your phone!

That’s all there is to it. There’s nothing to sign up for, and more importantly… nothing to pay for.

So far, we support any phone with internet and MP3 capabilities on the following networks: Sprint, Nextel, AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Alltel, US Cellular, Cellular South, and Cricket. We’ll be adding Helio and hopefully many others soon.

Tonzr is completely, entirely, honestly free. Free, free, free, free. There is absolutely no hidden fees or subscriptions so you won’t have any surprises when your phone bill comes. Seriously, it’s totally free.

I can’t think of an easier (and cheaper!) way to get a great ringtone for your phone.

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What Else can your Mobile Phone Do?

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Yes, you can do more than make calls and send messages with your phone. But can it do anything more than that? One viewer claims that the following are possible:

  • Emergency Number worldwide for Mobile is 112. If you find yourself out of the coverage area of your mobile network in an Emergency, dial 112 and the mobile will search any existing network to establish the emergency number for you. Keep in mind, 112 can be dialed even if your keypad is locked!
  • Have you locked your keys in the car? Does your car have remote keyless entry? This may come in handy someday. If you lock your keys In the car and the spare keys are at home, call someone at home on their cell phone from your cell phone. Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and have the person at your home press the unlock button, holding it near the mobile phone on their end. Your car will unlock. This saves someone from having to drive your keys to you. Distance is no object. You could be hundreds of miles away, but if you can reach someone who has the other ‘remote’ for your car, you can unlock the doors (or the trunk). This is something that I believe is highly suspicious.
  • Hidden Battery Power Imagine your cell battery is very low. To activate, press the keys *3370#. Your cell phone will restart with this reserve, and the instrument will show a 50% increase in battery. This reserve will get charged when you charge your cell phone next time.
  • How to disable a STOLEN mobile phone. To check your Mobile phone’s serial number, key in the following Digits on your phone: *#06#. A 15-digit code will appear on the screen. This number is unique to your handset. Write it down, and keep it somewhere safe. If your phone get stolen, you can phone your service provider and give them this code. They will then be able to block your handset so even if the thief changes the SIM card, your phone will be totally useless. You probably won’t get your phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole it can’t use/sell it either. If everybody does this, there would be no point in people stealing mobile phones. This is your IMEI number!
  • Free Directory Service for Cells Cell phone companies are charging us $1.00 to $1.75 (or more!) for 411 information calls when they don’t have to. Most of us do not carry a telephone directory in our vehicle, which makes this situation even more of a problem. When you need to use the 411 information option, simply dial: (800)FREE411, or (800) 373-3411 to get any number you need… for free. Program this into your cell phone now.

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When is a Cell Phone Not a Cell Phone?

There’s at least one Scott who has subscribed to my videos on YouTube (which is quickly supplanting any numbers I could ever hope to drive through iTunes)…

Now, not to waste your time, but i had a thought watching the following video and figured i would write in for whatever the reason is that my subconscious has deemed important.

One of the tech terms in question is a cell phone, and it was said that they do not use “cellular technology”.. now, i may just be misinformed, but i believe they do. cellular technology, being that the whole network is based on a complex grid of cell towers, creating “cells of service within rang of the towers.. as you move from one cell to another (dependent on the number of towers around you), your connection to the network is automatically transferred over to the next tower that controls that particular cell you are in.

I think whoever sent in that bit of a rant has analog/digital mixed up somehow with cellular/satellite networking.. even though most cell phone data is transmitted via digital encoding nowdays, its still done on radio frequency with cell towers (except of course for satellite phones.)

First, anybody’s email does not waste my time (unless you’re a spammer). Second, I believe your clarification is spot-on.

Cell Phone Plans on Amazon

Just got word that Amazon is starting to sell cell phone plans through their long-standing Associates program. This means YOU can make money by referring people to any provider that sells through Amazon:

The Associates Team has teamed up with the Amazon Cell Phone Team to create an exciting new offer for you to earn additional referral fees. Beginning May 1, 2007, when you refer a cell phone with a service plan, you will earn an extra $15 bonus on each referral! Why market Amazon Cell Phones and Service? Amazon offers the hottest phones, 30-day returns, an easy comparison shopping experience, and some of the most competitive cell phone pricing on the Web.

Get started today! We’ve updated our Cell Phone banners with graphics of the newest phones in the market. You can also build direct product links by linking to your favorite cell phones and then recommending your visitors also sign up for service with one of the service providers.

You can use your Earnings Report on Associates Central to determine the bonus you will receive. In the Cell Phones and Service section of the Earnings Report the bonus-eligible products are listed as “Service Plan + Phone” (e.g., Cingular Nation 900 Rollover Minutes + Sony Ericsson W810i Phone). This bonus will be applied at the end of each month, at which time you can view how much you’ve earned by going to Associates Central. We will be automating this reporting as soon as possible. Please note that the only referrals that are eligible for the bonus are cell phones sold with service plans in the same order. All other wireless products, including accessories, still earn referral fees up to 8.5%.

No word on whether or not this will make cell phone plans suck less.

The iPhone is Going to Kill

So, here’s what my brother (who wants to start blogging at some point) had to say about Apple’s iPhone:

This is one of the coolest pieces of technology to come out in a while… it’s like having a mini-laptop in your hands. The ultimate media device. The catch? Cingular has the rights at this point in time (they have the worst wireless phone service). If Apple had any brains, they would get this product in the home of every American family. After 6 months of exclusive rights to Cingular, they should release an iPhone on Verizon, US Cellular, every wireless provider.

If Verizon got this phone, I would find a way to buy it… takes the place of a phone, iPod, portable DVD player, Internet and email station. Oh, let’s not forget the 2 megapixel camera built-in.

What’s next? They are going to have a phone that does all of this – but then you can project an image on a wall and hook up a small keyboard and mouse and use it as a laptop, run Photoshop and Illustrator, or catch up on your spreadsheet work while in a airport.

My brother Adam isn’t a geek – and he’s never written to me about any other device (from Apple or any other manufacturer). It’s not even out yet and I already hate the iPhone… largely because someone else didn’t make it four years ago. Seriously. Apple gets the consumer in ways that no other company ever will. It makes my new Smartphone seem so… ancient.